August 5, 2012

Vale – RG Armstrong

Filed under: Obituary — Rodney Twelftree @ 12:11 pm

RG Armstrong – 1917-2012

American character actor and playwright, RG Armstrong, has passed away. Mr Armstrong first came to Hollywood’s attention when he began appearing in a number of television series, including The Californians, The Riflemen, Bonanza, Gunsmoke, Rawhide and Maverick, among others. While working on the show The Westerner, Armstrong met and befriended then-up and coming director Sam Peckinpah, who would cast Armstrong as the slightly-nutty-fundamentalist Christian in many of his films – the first being Ride The High Country, before he would again appear in Pat Garret & Billy The Kid, becoming an archetypal character in Western films in the process. Armstrong also appeared in Penckinpah’s The Ballad Of Cable Hogue.

Outside of his work with Peckinpah, Mr Armstrong appeared in numerous films such as El Dorado, Race With The Devil, Children of The Corn (1984), Predator (as the General who sends Arnie and his men off on their mission), Heaven Can Wait, Reds and Dick Tracy (as Pruneface).

RG Armstrong passed away on July 27th, at his Studio City, California home. He was 95.

Normally detesting these kinds of bios, Rodney’s keen love of film more often outclasses his ability to write convincingly about them.

Never blessed with a body worthy of a porn star, nor being the heir to a wealthy industrialists fortune, nor suffering the tragedy of having his parents murdered outside a Gotham theater, Rodney is, contrary to popular opinion, neither Ron Jeremy, JD Rockefeller, or Batman.

As a serious appreciator of film since 1996, Rodney’s love affair with the medium has continued with his online blog, Fernby Films, a facility allowing him to communicate with fellow cineasts in their mutual love of all things movie.

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2 Comments »

  1. As soon as I saw the pic I thought the guy who gives the orders in Predator! Didn't recognise the name but know the face and the work.
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      Dan — August 5, 2012 @ 7:07 pm

  2. To be honest, I didn't realize this guy had been in so many films until I'd read his bio from IMDb…. I'm going to have to look at some of those Peckinpah films especially!

      Rodney — August 5, 2012 @ 10:01 pm

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